Art in the City

One of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso, once said: “art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”.

Whether you are an avid painter, or simply one with an eye for great designs and beauty, there is no denial that art can do wonders to our souls. So go ahead and indulge your soul with a visit to these 4 top picked art museums and galleries located in Tanjong Pagar, for an enriching afternoon.

1. Singapore City Gallery

The Draw: Discover the physical transformation of Singapore from a fishing village to the metropolitan city we are today through 10 thematic areas and more than 50 audiovisual and interactive exhibits.

Highlights: Spanning over the first three floors of the Urban Redevelopment Authority building on Maxwell Road, the Gallery was first opened in 1999 as the URA Gallery. It was subsequently renamed as the Singapore City Gallery in 2004 after a major renovation.

Featuring one of the world’s largest architectural models, the Central Area Model offers an exclusive bird’s eye view of Singapore’s central area, which comes alive with light and sound show. In addition, indulge yourself to the beautiful, local sights of Singapore from dawn to dusk through a 270-degree panoramic show on the second floor.

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm
Address: 45 Maxwell Road, The URA Centre, Singapore 069118
Free Admission

2. Red Dot Design Museum

Once a barracks, this building is now home to the Red Dot Design Museum

Once a barracks, this building is now home to the Red Dot Design Museum

The Draw: First Red Dot Design Museum in Asia and second in the world after Germany that showcases some of the world’s best innovative product designs.

Highlights: A display of more than 1,000 outstanding and innovative exhibits in the field of product design and communication design from over 50 countries; all winners of the international Red Dot Design Award, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious design competitions. The Red Dot Design Museum will no doubt challenge your creativity, and enlarge your perspective to the limitless possibilities of a creative mind.

Initiated by the museum in 2006 to promote local’s designs and originality, the museum will also be transformed to a creative marketplace MAAD (Market Of Artists And Designers) one Friday night each month. Rub shoulders with our local young creatives, and delight yourself in some late night shopping. Did we not mention that there will be interesting food and drink stalls too?

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11am to 8pm
Please remember to refer to the museum’s website for days it is closed for private events before you head down
Address: 28 Maxwell Road, Red Dot Traffic Building. Singapore 069120
Ticket Prices:
Adults: $8.00
Students: $4.00
Children (under 12): SGD $4.00
Seniors: SGD $4.00

Free admission for MAAD. Please refer to the museum’s website for the next MAAD.

3. Blue Lotus fine art

The Draw: A fine art gallery that focuses on local and contemporary Southeast Asian art

Highlights: Located in a row of shophouses, Blue Lotus fine art gallery showcases a wide variety of artworks, including ceramics, paintings, prints, photography, sculptures and specialised handicraft. Some of the local artists represented include Chua Mia Tee, Singapore’s foremost oil painters, and Lim Tze Peng, the oldest second generation artist in Singapore.

Besides featuring artworks by local and Southeast Asia artists, the gallery also brings in works by European artists such as French painter Loetitia Lemaire, and American blown glass artist Jared Davis.

Opening Hours: Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday, 12pm to 6:30pm
Address: 108 Tanjong Pagar Road, #02-01, Singapore 088526
Free Admission

4. Ikkan Art Gallery

The Draw: Featuring museum-quality artworks by international artists across a wide range of mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, video and new media art.

Highlights: Founded in 1982 in New York by Ikkan Sanada, a private art dealer, Ikkan Art Gallery eventually expanded into Singapore in May 2011. Featuring an impressive collection of international contemporary art by established artists such as Naoko Tosa, Morimura Yasumasa, n + n Corsino and teamLab, visitors will definitely be in for a treat.

In addition, the gallery also exhibits a good selection of photography works by American shutterbug H. Hugh Miller. Singapore-based Malaysian filmmaker, photographer and visual artist, Sherman Ong’s works are also featured by the gallery. His artworks were previously displayed in the Singapore Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 2009.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm to 7pm
Address: 39 Keppel Road, #01-05 Artspace@Helutrans Tanjong Pagar Distripark
Singapore 089065
Free Admission


If you’re interested to live amidst the art and culture of Tanjong Pagar, check out Wallich Residences, an iconic new project in the heart of this district!

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